Perinatal mental health disorders are a major public health problem, affecting thousands of women, children, and families. Communities all around the country are mobilizing to identify and address perinatal depression and anxiety, and to support pregnant and parenting families. Use this page to learn more about how to engage partners, raise awareness, and develop networks in your community.
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Tools and resources for community mobilization
Engaging partners and mobilizing communities to support families and improve perinatal mental health is challenging. The following tools and websites can be used to plan and implement effective community initiatives.
Perinatal mental health initiatives in Oregon
Communities across Oregon are organizing to improve perinatal mental health and support prenatal and postpartum families. The information and links below highlight a few of these initiatives. If you know of others, please let us know so that we can add them to this list.
Perinatal mental health initiatives in other states
Many states and communities around the country have developed perinatal mental health initiatives – including public awareness campaigns, provider education, social support programs, specialized hospital-based treatment programs, and community systems-building projects. The information and links below highlight just a few.
National: For more information about initiatives nationally and in other states go to http://pdinfonetwork.org
Indiana: Perinatal Network
Nebraska: Moms Reach Out Project
California: LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
Education and Public Awareness Campaigns
California (ACR 105): Public Service Announcement http://calspac.org/perinatal-depression-awareness/
Washington: Speak Up When You’re Down
Wisconsin: Perinatal Depression, A Health Marketing Campaign to Improve Screening
Minnesota: Post Partum Depression Education Materials
Provider Support and Education Projects
Nebraska: Provider Education
Iowa: Perinatal Depression Project